Starting from 01.01.2017 there have been made amendments to the Road Traffic Law and Vehicle Operating Tax And Company Car Tax Law. These concern drivers who have declared their place of residence in Latvia and drive a car registered abroad on the territory of Latvia, including the following:
1. permits issued by RTSD allowing to use the foreign registered cars are ceased;
2. the tax for M1* and N1** category vehicles registered abroad and operated by persons who have declared their place of residence in Latvia comes into force.
Therefore, from January 1st, 2017, a vehicle (M1* or N1** category) registered abroad and driven by a person whose place of residence was registered in Latvia is subject to a vehicle tax.
The following rates are applied:
1. EUR 10 per day;
2. EUR 250 per month;
3. EUR 600 per six months;
4. EUR 1 000 per year.
This tax can be paid:
• with a bank card using the electronic payment system e-RTSD via this link;
• in person at the regional RTSD offices in cash or using a payment card.
M1* – vehicles designed for the carriage of passengers, with no more than eight seats in addition to the driver seat, also known as passenger cars.
N1** – vehicles designed for the carriage of goods, having a maximum mass not exceeding 3.5 tonnes, also known as Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV). Also includes Pick-Up trucks.
It is also possible to permanently or temporary register a vehicle in Latvia. More information is available on the RTSD web page.